NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Miami
(Monday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Miami 121, Atlanta 119 (OT)
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James tallied 38 points, eight rebounds
and six assists and Michael Beasley drained a pair of clutch free throws in
his return to the court in the Miami Heat's thrilling 121-119 decision
over the Atlanta Hawks from American Airlines Arena.
Neither team led by more than a possession in overtime and Miami trailed
119-116 with 1:08 left before Chris Andersen's layup cut its deficit to one.
Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap, who combined to shoot 12-of-18 from behind the
arc, each missed a 3-point attempt for Atlanta and on the ensuing Heat
possession, James penetrated and dropped a pass off to a slashing Beasley, who
drew a foul with 9.2 seconds remaining.
Beasley, who missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury, made both
free throws to put the hosts in front by a point. Atlanta had one final look
at the basket after Miami took a foul with 2.3 ticks remaining.
After burning its final timeout, rookie big man Pero Antic inbounded from the
left sideline and lobbed the ball to the rim for a curling Korver, who caught
the heave but failed to get his layup attempt over the rim. Anderson secured
the rebound to seal the outcome for Miami.
"Obviously, going through what we experienced last year in the finals, we know
its never over," said James. "We just keep fighting until the end, and we were
able to force overtime."
Ray Allen, whose free throws forced the extra session, scored 19 points
filling in for an injured Dwyane Wade. Anderson and Beasley netted 12 and 10
points, respectively, off the bench as the Heat won their fifth straight game.
Jeff Teague filled the stat sheet in the loss for Atlanta with 26 points,
eight assists and six boards while Millsap finished with 25 points and 10
rebounds while sinking a career-high seven treys. Al Horford went for 21
points and 11 rebounds in the setback, and Korver made 5-of-8 from 3-point
range to extend his streak of consecutive games with a 3 to 97 games.
"Our group competed tonight," said Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer. "Our
group improved tonight. I'm proud of our group."
Late in regulation, Lou Williams' corner 3 broke a 99-all tie, and Millsap
followed with a difficult layup in traffic for a five-point Atlanta margin. On
Millsap's bucket, he drove into Chris Bosh, who took an elbow to the face on
the collision. Bosh immediately went to the locker room and received eight
stitches to his upper lip.
James then potted a pair of 3s around a Korver triple, and Williams sank two
at the foul line for a 109-106 Hawks edge with 22.3 ticks remaining. The
Heat opted to take a quick 2, as James drove and threw down a vicious slam
over Millsap, but then it was Teague's turn to step to the charity stripe and
sink a pair.
Out of a timeout, Miami ran a familiar play to get Ray Allen open in the
corner. James found his shooter, who was fouled by a late-closing DeMarre
Carroll. Allen made all three free throws, and Millsap was denied twice at the
rim as the buzzer sounded.
Earlier, the Heat jumped out to a 13-0 lead but consecutive treys by Korver
jumpstarted the Hawks offense. Miami's defense allowed a pair of uncontested
Teague layups late in the first half as Atlanta took a 54-50 lead into the
Wade missed his seventh game this season with knee soreness and is considered
day-to-day ... The Heat scored 33 points in the first quarter, giving them at
least 30 first period points in four of the last six games ... This was
Miami's last home game of 2013. Including playoffs, the Heat went 47-7 at
home during the calendar year ... Shelvin Mack had seven assists off the
bench for Atlanta ... The Hawks shot 50 percent (17-of-34 from behind the
arc) ... Mario Chalmers scored 12 in the win.
12/24 00:42:54 ET
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